Enabling a Culture of Operational Excellence

Requirement of the Operational Excellence Certificate



Program Overview

Most problems in organizations are identifiable with proven problem-solving approaches. Without identifying the problem, managers may become frustrated and exhausted and no further along in fixing the problem. In this program, participants will learn how to identify problems and explore creative problem-solving processes to quickly solve or know how to solve tough problems. 

This program focuses on creating buy-in with teams, organizational leaders and decision-makers and making successful change. Effective change management and communication skills are a key part in getting parts or all of the organization on board with operational improvements. The objective of this program is aimed at enhancing the participants' abilities for improving operations and to become better business thinkers and decision-makers. 

This program is part of the Operational Excellence Certificate.

  • Key Learning Objectives
    • Understand the importance of change management and communication in enabling operational excellence
    • Explore creative problem-solving processes and apply the correct problem-solving approach for different problem identification
    • Create strategies for overcoming barriers to process improvements
    • Explore methods to create buy-in and create an impact on teams and organization leaders and/or decision makers
  • Who Should Attend
    • Business professionals and leaders seeking to increase operational excellence knowledge and skill set to better support enhanced business practices
    • Operations and projects personnel looking to enable process improvement and streamline activities
    • Individuals pursuing how to deliver value in processes, systems, and organizations through operational excellence
  • What Is Included
    • All learning materials in Canvas
    • Certificate of Completion
    • Credential to add to your CV and LinkedIn Profile

Funding Available

Check out the funding opportunities available through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant.

*Multi-course certificate program; participants must enroll in two or more courses in the Operational Excellence Certificate to meet time requirement for the Job Grant.

March Session

Date: March 23, 2022 - March 24, 2022

Fees: $1,995 plus GST

Registration Deadline: March 16, 2022

Location: K W Nasser Centre - Saskatoon

Program Schedule

8:30 am - 4:30 pm CST

More Information

In-person delivery occurs at K W Nasser Centre with all learning materials provided digitally on Canvas. In-person delivery includes instructor facilitation, small group exercises, large group discussions, interactive learning, networking and ample breaks and opportunities for questions and discussions. Participants will be required to bring a laptop/digital device to access all learning materials during the program. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Please read our COVID-19 information page for expectations and how to prepare for your program.

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Course Planner

For more information, contact

Rebecca Schweighardt
Senior Program Coordinator
306-966-7956
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Instructor Profile

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Keith Willoughby, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Keith Willoughby's teaching interests include operations management, business analytics and quantitative methods. Ultimately, his objective is to replace the fear and anxiety often associated with analytical methods with a more thorough appreciation for their value in analyzing situations and informing decision-making.
As a researcher, he devotes attention to developing and applying analytical models in a variety of practical, relevant business areas. Some of these themes include process improvement in health care, business logistics, transportation analysis, sports and entertainment, and pedagogical innovation. He is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt through the American Society for Quality. He is enamored with serpentine waiting lines and their role in improving operational efficiencies.
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Amanda Dahl, PMP

Amanda Dahl is the owner and operator of her consultancy, Boost Consulting. She has 19 years of experience in program and project management, operational excellence, corporate and business planning, and business development in multiple industries.

Amanda has her Master’s Certificate in Project Management, Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, Lean Greenbelt certification, Six Sigma Blackbelt training, and Change Management Specialist certification. She also holds the Director, Outreach position for the Project Management Institute - North Saskatchewan Chapter.

She presents her technical and ‘real-world’ knowledge in an authentic, tangible way to enhance understanding and engagement, and enjoys connecting with people in a meaningful way.

Offer This Program In-House

Interested in bringing this program to your organization or team within your organization? Fill out our Online Needs Assessment form and show your interest in bringing this program in-house or customized based on your needs.

Cancellation

University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees.

Cancellations received at least ten (10) business days in advance of the program commencement date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than ten (10) business days prior to the program commencement date will be subject to a $500 administration fee. Cancellations received less than three (3) business days prior to the program commencement date will be subject to full program tuition cost.

Non-attendance will incur full program tuition cost.

Fees subject to change without notice.

Program Transfers

One program transfer will be permitted without penalty if the cancellation request is received more than ten (10) business days prior to the program start date. Program transfers within ten (10) business days of the program start date will be subject to a $300 administration fee.

Alternate program transfers may be approved dependent on program availability. Transfer requests must be scheduled within six (6) months of the initial purchase.

Applicants will be responsible for any price difference in program fees at the time of the request. Each subsequent transfer request will be subject to $300 administration fee.

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